installing windows XP on MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by anand.rohira, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. anand.rohira macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    guys, I have a original DVD for windows XP.
    now I want to install (bootcamp) it on MBA13, without buying the mac drive for 780HKD (100 usd) since I wont be using it at all !!

    what are the other way, I can install windows XP to my MBA with the DVD drive ?

    can I use my friends iMAC desktop to remote install windows XP on my MBA ?

    any suggestion would be highly appreciated.
  2. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    No you can't use remote disk, what you can do is go buy a SuperDrive and install windows xp than return it
  3. washburn macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
  4. DieWacht macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2011
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Note that any external DVD drive will work. You aren't limited to Apple's Superdrive. Other products may be cheaper.

    One possible solution may be to create a Windows XP Boot Camp partition in a different Mac with a DVD drive and then using Winclone 2.2 to clone it onto your MacBook Air (Winclone can be downloaded from CNet Download). Just use Boot Camp Assistant to create the partition, and then copy over your Winclone backup and expand it onto the Boot Camp partition.

    Note that technically, the new MacBook Air supports only Windows 7 in Boot Camp. Finding proper drivers may be difficult, so I'd suggest purchasing a Windows 7 DVD if you want to be sure everything will work.
  6. anand.rohira thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    are you sure abt windows 7 thing ?

    damm !! thats a news to me !!
    are you very sure, new MBA comes only with drivers in botcamp to support windows 7 and not windows XP !!
    that sucks !!
  7. anand.rohira thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    stumped !!

    I want to do that, coz a lot of people besides me will be using my laptop, who are not so computer savvy !!

    so they will be more comfortable when I give them my mac with windows running !!
    if I give them mac OS , they will get stumped !!
  8. anand.rohira thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    nice idea !!

    that is a very very good idea !!
    but does anyone know abt the return policy for SuperDrive in HongKong ?
  9. rkheyfets macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2010
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Yes. You download the updated drivers as part of the Boot Camp Assistant process, and they are only for Windows 7.
  11. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    Windows XP never came in a DVD format, so on that note it is not original.

    You can extract the Bootcamp MSI and install the drivers manually. Seems to work just fine after that.
  12. anand.rohira thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    CD, not a DVD.

    ooops !! sorry ! its CD and not a DVD.....

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